If a United States military veteran commits a felony after honorable discharge, will his access to VA healthcare be revoked?
Based on the documents I read at the links below, being incarcerated does not enter into the equation that determines whether or not you are eligible for VA healthcare. In other words, if you were eligible for VA healthcare before your felony conviction, you’ll still be eligible after your release. However, the the VA cannot provide healthcare to a veteran that is already being provided by an incarcerating facility.Also, upon release, even if you were receiving healthcare from the VA prior to your incarceration, you will need to reapply to regain those benefits.The wording at the links below is not as precise as I would like, but the way I read it is that once the veteran is released from incarceration, they have access to a program called Health Care for Re-entry Veterans Services and Resources.This program provides, among other things, “Referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release.”Health Care for Re-entry Veterans Services and ResourcesMy advice to you would be to contact the VA directly with your question. The appropriate contact will vary by state, but you can find a listing for each state at the link I provided above. Also, here is a list of each state’s Veteran Affairs OfficesState Veterans Affairs OfficesHere is a brief video from the VA addressing the issue of “Justice Involved Veterans.” It seems apparent that the VA recognizes that some veterans do end up incarcerated, and that the VA is dedicated to ensuring those veterans continue to receive the benefits they earned by their service (with some caveats). Note the points of contact listed at the final credits.On the other hand, unlike other veterans, persons who have retired from the military with full retirement benefits are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and will be for life. If the government chose to, it could reinstate a retiree who was a convicted felon to the military and then discharge them with a dishonorable discharge, thereby depriving them of ALL benefits, including VA healthcare, particularly if the felony were related to some kind of security violation. This has not been commonly done, but it is possible within the parameters of the UCMJ. See the following link:I found this helpful answer from a military lawyer on JustAnswer.comIf you are asking this question on behalf of yourself, I thank you for your service. I sincerely hope you will find a way to overcome the difficulties you’ve encountered.Best wishes!